Studies From An Exhibition

Siberian ibex, Annigoni toned paper, Sakura Micron pen and white gouache
Siberian ibex, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu- Annigoni toned paper, Sakura Micron pen and white gouache

During my week-long solo exhibition at the National Museum of Mongolia in August, I was there every afternoon except one. While there was a constant stream of people, over 100 each afternoon (I kept a tally), I was still “stuck” sitting there. So I took my MacBook Air, which is my primary image storage when I’m traveling, a sketchbook, a Sakura Micron pen and some pencils and, working from some of the photos, sketched and drew when I wasn’t chatting with visitors. It also gave them a chance to see an artist at work and many were quite interested.

So here’s a selection from that week, some of which, like the one of the baby marmots below, are intended as preliminary explorations for future paintings. Some are from previous trips, but the images haven’t yet been deleted from iPhoto.

Baby Siberian marmot,s Hustai National Park, August 2013
Baby Siberian marmots, Hustai National Park, 2013
Siberian ibex and lesser kestrels
Siberian ibex and lesser kestrels, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu, 2012
Takhi, Hustai National Park
Takhi, Hustai National Park, 2013
Argali ram, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve
Argali ram, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve,2010- graphite
Ox and Mongol horse, Jalman Meadows, Han Hentii Mountains
Ox and Mongol horse, Jalman Meadows, Han Hentii Mountains, 2012- graphite

New Drawings of Takhi

It’s been awhile since I’ve done some finished graphite drawings and that’s what I’ve been doing this week. I’ve always loved to draw, so it was fun to just sit with a pencil (a General’s Draughting Pencil) and paper (Strathmore 300 vellum bristol) and work from some of the takhi photos I’ve shot during my trips to Mongolia.

Tahki Stallion
Takhi foal
Takhi Stallion Head Study
Takhi Stallion "Snaking"

A French equid researcher I know told me that this body position is  known as “snaking”. It’s purpose is to get the stallion’s harem moving quickly. His low body position is suggestive of a stalking predator and triggers the response he wants from his mares. I’ll probably be doing a painting of the whole scene at some point, so this is a useful study.

All of these horses were photographed at Hustai National Park, which is an easy two-hour drive west of Ulaanbaatar.